A Growth vs Fixed Mindset


April 6th, 2022



David Peachment












 


Our minds are incredible things! They have the capacity to feel, remember, dream, and think new thoughts. The brain is one of the most (if not THE most) intricate and complicated pieces of biology on the planet. After centuries, scientists still don’t understand how it fully works. There are parts of the brain whose function is not known or how it even all works together. The brain inside your head was/is even constantly developing all the way up to age 25! That’s a long time to develop. It grows and improves itself continuously up until this point. But what happens after? What happens after can largely depend on you. The brain can be changed for the better throughout your life, but it requires the right mindset.

How easy you think it is to change yourself and how this all comes together is ultimately how you view your mindset, skills, and ability. Do you have a belief that they are fixed? Or that they can change? This is the argument of a fixed mindset vs a growth mindset. So I’ll break down the differences.


Fixed

A person with a fixed mindset believes that all of their skills are all born with them and cannot be changed. For example, let’s say I am good at geography. I believe geography is the way to go, and I don’t want to learn other education subjects. Why would I want to learn something I’m not going to be good at? The person with a fixed mindset does not want to evolve, grow, and learn everything there is to learn out there. Instead, that person wants to try and avoid disappointment from not being as good at new skills as they are with their natural talents, such as the before mentioned geography. Avoiding mistakes and trying to be “perfect” is the name of the game. This often stems from a fear of trying new things and accepting new ideas. While this mindset will keep you mentally “safe” for a while, it will ultimately lead to disappointment and dissatisfaction in your life, and things won’t change for the better.